Review of ‘Dark Skies’ – Goose Bumps All Around

by on May 31, 2013

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Dark Skies is a refreshing take on a classic tale of terror.  And wow, how very refreshing!

Dark Skies review

Dark Skies is written and directed by Scott Stewart, whose previous credits include Priest & Legion.  Both movies which I previously found fun or entertaining.  This time around, Stewart takes that fun and scared the crap out of me with it.  Good job Mr. Stewart, eye bow to your directorial vision and making a simple, time-tested premise and making it fresh, against the odds.

The cast includes

Keri Russell (The Americans),
Josh Hamilton (Frances Ha),
Dakota Goyo (Real Steel),
Kadan Rockett and
J.K. Simmons (Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, The Words).

The movie starts out setting up and showing you your basic, every day, classic neighborhood with kids playing in yards, adults going about their day and well, just how normal this neighborhood could be.  (If you were wondering where Dark Skies was filmed, they hit up my old stomping grounds of Santa Clarita, CA.)

Then a few odd things start to happen that seem pretty typical as far as things we might think of starting to happen to get the ball rolling.  And for a 97-minute movie, the ball needed to get rolling and it definitely did.  And the movie did not get held back by its PG-13 rating.

The family is struggling financially, and then they find themselves dealing with some pretty crazy experiences, that only get worse as time goes on in the movie.

At different moments, I found myself getting those very same goose bumps that Paranormal Activity gave me.  Which is interesting, considering the producer, Jason Blum, produced the PA franchise.  I didn’t know this until I just looked it up while writing this movie review.

Dark Skies [Blu-ray]

I have to say that I’m glad I rented this movie.

I know it seemed to be the classic premise of aliens troubling a solitary family in their home.  I mean, how can they improve on what we’ve already seen?

Keri Russell in Dark Skies

First up, I came into this movie with no expectations.  I didn’t care one way or the other what happened.  I was curious, I wanted to see it, and I liked some of the cast.  Those being Russell, Goyo and Simmons. All of which delivered some very credible roles.  Russell drove home the ever escalating emotional or psychological breakdown as the impossible continues to develop.  And Simmons delivered an exceptional haunted man.

Coming into this movie with no expectations or sneers of looking for “typical” movie plot points, helped my movie experience.

And though I looked around and saw some tragic reviews of this movie, I’m daring to buck the system and say this was a fun experience that made me jump a few times while watching.

And if you can make me jump, obviously the movie was engaging my imagination enough to suck me in and take me off guard just enough to give me the creeps at different moments.

Movie Review Popcorn Score 08I give the movie an 8 out of 10 popcorn.  I don’t think the movie consumer fan can go wrong with a rental or, if you like any of the cast, snagging the DVD or BD.

If you think I’m bonkers rating the movie so well despite some of the more critical reviews from “film critics,” they weren’t thinking of you, the popcorn fan.

Folks on Amazon gave Dark Skies a 3.8/5 stars.  IMDb users, 6.2/10.  Rotten Tomato fans give it 64%.  You be the judge.

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